Hi! Welcome to Simply Sophisticate. I’m Yolanda and my daughter Emma and I created this website as an online “recipe book” for our family. I have spent most of my adult life, working in my home and, investing time in my family. I’ve learned over the years, the best way to keep my priorities straight, is to simplify. I also believe, living a sophisticated life does not require a lot of time or money. It merely requires a little attention to the right details. What you eat, how you live and how treat the people around you, speaks volumes about the kind of person you are (whether you like it or not). So, I’ve tried to show people in my life how much I truly care about them, by welcoming them into my home and feeding them. I don’t focus on making a good impression. In fact I have a saying on my wall “Home is for free expressions NOT good impressions”. I want everyone to feel welcome and I try offer up what I have – even if it’s just cheese and crackers! Because, as a mother, I know I’m always teaching by example. So, I try to teach through my cooking. Teach my kids; how to eat, what to eat and, the importance of sharing your meals with others. After all, “MEAL-TIME” is really ME giving YOU my time and YOU’RE WORTH IT! I look forward to sharing my mealtime with you.